In a time of great division, it takes a docudrama like Patriots Day to remind us how once united AND great America and Americans were
The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was not all that long ago, but before you scream ‘too soon‘, it’s never soon enough to remember the bad that happened, and the good that came out of it and its aftermath. I am patriotic, and love this country (and its fried chicken) so dang much, but I am not overly gung ho and showy about it. But bad guys are easy to root against, and heroes are something we always need another of (sorry Tina). And there are no better bad guys then bad men who went to harm innocent people, and there are no better good guys than the ones who protect and serve us, and try to keep us safe from the bad dudes. After watching this film, I felt more proud and patriotic than I may ever have in my entire life (besides seeing the Beach Boys on July 4th in Washington DC)
Although I was sadden to learn that Mark Wahlberg‘s character in Patriots Day did not exist in the real world (and that they chose not to use Neil Diamond’s ‘America’ over the closing credits), everything else about the Peter Berg‘s incredible film felt so real, and of the moment. Berg and co (with brief but memorable turns by J. K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, Themo Melikidze, Alex Wolff, Supergirl as the bomber’s wife, and my personal fav – Jimmy O Yang), did an excellent job of interweaving multiple stories to create a complete picture of the complex events, which I did not really intend to ever revisit… until I found myself sitting in the theater that I saw this in
What a frucking movie!! You will leave the theater (or your couch, eventually), and want to scream – U S AND A! U S AND A!! FCUK YOU BAD GUYS – WE ARE ALL BOSTON STRONG!! WE ARE AMERICA AND WE ARE GOOD AND AWESOME AND YOU MAY TRY TO HURT US BUT WE WILL GET YOU AND TRIUMPH CAUSE WE ARE AMERICANS!!! (but not in the bad post-9/11 going to Iraq for no reason kinda way)
We need more movies like Patriots Day – to remind us to never forget, and to remind us that it is possible that America and Americans can once again be united AND great (without the help of Donald Trump)… although hopefully without the catalyst being tragedy, which sadly shows us again and again that it is the worst in humanity that brings out our best! If only we lived in a world where our best brought out our even besterer in humanity!!!!!!
Verdictgo: Breast In Show
Patriots Day ALL DAY – currently in select cities, and at a theater near jews AND white nationalists this Friday
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…